Govt making efforts for developing IT sector: Dar

ISLAMABAD, Jul 19 (APP): Minister for Finance Mohammad Ishaq Dar here on Tuesday said it was vision of government to make maximum efforts for the development of IT sector and for technical inclusion of the population of Pakistan in the World of telecommunication services.

Talking to a delegation of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) led by its Secretary General Houlin Zhao, the minister said that telecommunication industry had thrived in Pakistan during the last decade and had significantly contributed to the GDP of the country.

Minister of State for Information Technology Ms. Anusha Rehman Khan was also present in the meeting.

The minister recognized the services of the Minister of State for IT Ms. Anusha Rehman Khan who has played a key role in the promotion of IT sector and related infrastructure in Pakistan.

Finance Minster assured the Secretary General of his full cooperation for the expansion of IT services not only in Pakistan but the whole region.

He reiterated that his visit has provided Pakistan an opportunity to strengthen its existing ties with ITU and opened new horizons of cooperation in ICTs.

He also congratulated Houlin Zhao on being elected as the Secretary General of ITU.

He also acknowledged the services of ITU as specialized agency of the United Nations for Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to standardize and regulate international radio and telecommunications.

Ishaq Dar also acknowledge the ITU’s special services to Pakistan in managing disaster relief communications in the wake of natural disasters.

Secretary General of ITU, appreciated the efforts of the government in the development of IT sector in the country.
He also said that it was the agenda of ITU to support and further increase the presence of small and medium size entrepreneurs in the IT sector for the development of the industry and attracting further investment in the sector particularly in application development.

He suggested that Pakistan should develop strategies to
become more involved in such projects which promote regional connectivity through the use of fiber optic cable.